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"No Strings Attached" puppetry festival to feature Igor Stravinksy's "Petrouchka."

Published February 28, 2012 12:00 pm

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The City Library will present the 10th annual "No Strings Attached" puppetry festival March 10 and 11 at the Main Library.

The Maritime Marionettes from Nova Scotia will headline the festival with their production of Igor Stravinksy's "Petrouchka."

From a press release: Petrouchka, an extraordinary puppet ballet, features 23 marionette characters telling the story of downtrodden puppet Petrouchka. Designed and executed by puppeteers Heather and Darryll Taylor, choreographer Mary Lou Martin and costume designer Jacqueline Allen, it is a true tour de force. The show has received rave reviews since its premiere in May of 1999. Preceding the headlining event, patrons can join Cecile Forsberg of the Utah Symphony for a discussion of Igor Stravinsky and Petrouchka, which will offer great insight to the performance. Additional productions of the festival include The City Library's own Whizgiggle puppets performing the "Late Night Laugh-a-Thon"; The Puppet Players presenting two performances designed especially for children; Maxed Out Puppetry, Constant Moon Puppet Co.; Freddie Spencer the String Man; Salt Lake Adult Puppet Theatre; and more.

International puppets from the Berlin Puppetry Museum will be on display in the Special Collections Room on Level 4. The event is made possible with Friends of the City Library, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Salt City Arts Council, and the Utah Symphony & Opera.